What exactly does it take to get a person elected president? Is it really just a candidate and bunch of money? A few plane tickets and a televised debate or two? It may not surprise you to learn that there is a lot more to electing someone to our nations highest office than that. This amazing and expansive simulation will allow your students to take command of their own presidential campaign and by collaborating with their classmates, attempt to win Democracy’s top prize; The American Presidency.
During this project, students will . . .
• Discover their own political ideology by thinking critically about major issues affecting this country and become an expert on some of those issues.
• Collaborate to create their own political party with its own logo, platform, and student managed party organization.
• Build a dream presidential candidate to run for office and choose one of their own to play the role of the candidate.
• Manage their fabricated candidates’ run for the White House by planning travel, public appearances, acquiring funding, swriting speeches, and seeking the support of powerful interest groups.
• Use voter data from state and national poll data to plan their campaign while attempting to outthink and outmaneuver their rivals.
• Present their party’s vision for American at an Election Night event while the election returns are announced.
This expansive PBL is based off of six years of in-class play testing by multiple Social Studies and Government teachers at multiple grade levels. It is customizable so that it can be used with any grade, but it works best with grades 5-12. It comes with everything you need to manage the project, including a day by day teacher guide, an equally detailed student handbook, printable hand-outs, maps, student work examples, suggested project calendar, game components, introductory presentations, and a sample opening movie to launch your project!